Obama: Marriage, Mothers and Fathers Not Important

Announces Campaign to Repeal DOMA
No Government Interest in Traditional Family

WASHINGTON, DC, August 17, 2009 -- Today, President Barak Obama announced his intention to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Last fall candidate Obama said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman. Now he says it is discriminatory to have that stated in law, despite the fact that his lawyers are arguing in court that DOMA is, in fact, constitutional. This sounds contradictory and it is.

"Today, the Department of Justice has filed a response to a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged," Obama said. "This brief makes clear, however, that my Administration believes that the Act is discriminatory and should be repealed by Congress.”

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Outrageous Statement on Marriage, Mothers, and Fathers

What is more outrageous is a statement of policy from the Administration that says the Government has no interest in marriage, or mothers and fathers. The brief submitted by Justice Department lawyer Scott Simpson in the case Smelts v. the United States in a Federal District Court in Southern California says:

“The government does not contend that there are legitimate government interests in ‘creating a legal structure that promotes the raising of children by both of their biological parents’ or that the government's interest in ‘responsible procreation’ justifies Congress's decision to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman (Doc. 42 at 8-9).”

The brief supports this by asserting that children do just as well with homosexual parents as heterosexual parents, citing the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Medical Association, and the Child Welfare League of America. Mothers and fathers are just not important any more.

The public clearly supports traditional marriage. Forty-four states have adopted laws and constitutional amendments supporting traditional marriage. Never has a same-sex "marriage" law been passed by the voters. Obama is clearly out of sync with the will of the voters.

People who have gone through Catholics for the Common Good Institute’s training will recognize that attempting to tie the marriage issue with parenting is a slight-of-hand to confuse and distract voters from the true issues. Parenting and the definition and protection of marriage are two separate issues that must not be mixed. Married mothers and fathers parent, but not everyone who parents is the biological mother and father of the child.

To explain further, consider that everyone without exception has a mother and father. When someone is deprived of one or both, others step in to parent. When that happens, it is best if the child is parented by a married mother and father. However, in some cases the child is parented by a sibling or another family member. The fact that someone is parenting a child who was deprived of his or her mother or father, or both, is not a basis for redefining marriage as the Obama Administration and other same-sex marriage advocates suggest.

The fact that the Obama Administration sees no public interest in promoting traditional marriage means the President has turned his back on the common interest of every child in the marriage of their parents in favor of powerful adult special interests.

It is critical to organize and train more and more people who can explain the truth about marriage, starting with their own children and family members. Your on-going financial support is critical to this effort.


Please consider letters-to-the-editor or emails to radio or TV talk shows raising the following points:

  1. Obama seems to have repudiated his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. If he really believes it is, he would not see marriage between a man and a woman as discriminatory. When and why did he change his position? Did he lie to the American people during the campaign?
  2. Although President Obama says there is no governmental interest in promoting traditional marriage, that is highly debatable. Let’s have this debate!
  3. There are two competing definitions of marriage facing us:
    1. "Redefined Marriage" (Marriage as seen by Obama and the activist Supreme Court justices of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and California) – the public committed relationship between two loving adults for their own benefit, or,
    2. Traditional Marriage – the institution that joins a man and a woman who engage in reproductive acts and that establishes public accountability to the children that result from that relationship.
  4. The question then becomes, what is the public interest in the government to regulate emotional relationships between adults over the good of children and society?

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